Journalist of the Month

October 26th, 2010 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

I’m quick to point out stories where I think there is something wrong with them, and generally can be quite critical of aspects of our media.

I am not always so quick to point out great examples of journalism, and I should – as we do still have good stories being broken by good journalists.

The journalist who wins my inaugural Journalist of the Month award is from . His investigations and reports into South Canterbury Finance have been superb – so good even the SFO seems to have acted on them.

The latest NBR story had me stunned – about how Allan Hubbard signed other people’s name on official documents. Now he had power of attorney for them, but instead of signing his name and stating he was acting for them, he signed their name.

And of course the story about the retired freezing worker who owned the Hilton or Hyatt. So good, you’d almost think it was made up – but it wasn’t.

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6 Responses to “Journalist of the Month”

  1. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    That’s really sad to hear.

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (3,267 comments) says:

    And of course the story about the retired freezing worker who owned the Hilton or Hyatt. So good, you’d almost think it was made up – but it wasn’t.

    Canary M. Burns?

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  3. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Canary M. Burns?

    HA!

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  4. petal (704 comments) says:

    “I’m quick to point out stories where I think there is something wrong with them”

    Yes, there is no end to those wet bus tickets!

    ;)

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  5. tvb (4,210 comments) says:

    I think the old duffer thought that as he had power of attorney he could sign in THEIR name. I see nothing much here. But what is developing is the North Island see this as the South Island being a bunch of amateurs. Timaru’s got a crazy old duffer that has cost the North Island tax-payer a whole lot of money

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  6. Jack5 (4,595 comments) says:

    Yep good reading for NBR subscribers and good work by Matt Nippert.

    However I reckon the best journo piece in the country in recent weeks was the bit on Judge Bill Wilson by Martin von Beynen in the Christchurch Press, link below. Well worth reading. Von Beynen has done a lot of good legal world reporting and revealed some of the antics at David Bain’s second trial.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/perspective/4262025/Resignation-curtails-complex-issue

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